Avalon USA Review
FIVE OF THE BEST
by james younger Rating: 9
I have been starved for great melodic progressive rock, with balls! This has Melody, rock and talent in abundance>
Reminds me of YES, and classic Kansas, yet not an imitation! Get it! I did!
The LIVE album. A TOUCH OF CLASS kicks ass!
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"The music and songs all sound very good. I you like bands like KANSAS, STYX and HYBRID ICE, this is stuff worth
giving a listen." The CDR starts with a song called FLIGHT OF FANTASY. This is an beautiful uptempo pomprocker like RUSH
( Moving Pictures) and the first HYBRID ICE. Many keys is this song. AFTER THE CALL continues and contains, again, many pompy
keys, very HYBRID ICE and STYX - like. This song has a rather mellow chorus (bit like JAUGERNAUT on their first lp), but ends
with a very nice and smooth guitarsolo. Next up, after a key-guitar duelling intro, SKYHUNTER goes into a slight progressive
early 80's KANSAS-type song, with a great pompous synthsolo at the end.
The shortest track on the cdr is called RUN IN THE RAIN and this song starts like the previous ended, yes indeed, with
keys all over, and they'll be very present through the entire song. Than we come to a 10 minute epic song called GULAG. This
song is very KANSAS related ( except for the violin), has as long instrumental intro and middlepart. It reminds me a lot to
KANSAS' Magnum Opus epic from the Leftoverture album. Again (yes, I know I repeat myself), many keys, guitars ( no heavy ones
though) and we even can hear some madoline. Very good song.
These were the 5 studio tracks. Next are 3 live tracks and they all sound a bit like the previous ones, though they sound
a bit heavier, but I think it's because the live recording. Especially the instrumental called M42, the closing track, is
a great song with dueling guitars and keys,and you like to hear some great progressive rock, check them out on their MP3.com
site. Rating: 8/10 (Review by Willy van Buel)
by MC LOGO 65 Rating: 10
Excellent band. Great songs. Great writing. Much love from the PStarR family circle!!! 10.
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by Jason Rating: 10
My older brother was into these guys from his college days. He had a few tapes he made at shows, (with the band's permission)
and so I always wanted to hear them in a studio. This stuff is a bit retro now, but damn! what playing!